PASIG CITY – Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, D.D. released the Ash Wednesday Liturgical Instructions for the Diocese of Pasig.

Prepared by the Diocesan Liturgical Affairs, this liturgical instruction concerning the celebration of Ash Wednesday on Feb. 17, 2021 is meant to facilitate uniformity and avoid confusion as the faithful begin the Lenten journey with the imposition of the ashes.  This is also in conformity with the recommendations of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Liturgy for the safe and meaningful celebration of Ash Wednesday. 

The ashes to be used for this year’s Ash Wednesday can be obtained from the dried branches or leaves of plants or trees.  Because of the strict lockdown last year, parishioners were not able to secure blessed palm branches.

However, they may surrender their parishes old palm branches blessed before 2020 if they still have some.

Second, in the blessing of ashes, the priest sprinkles them with holy water silently.  Then he addresses the faithful only once with the formula as it appears in the Roman Missal: “Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15) or “Remember, that you are dust and to dust you shall return” (Gen. 3:19). 

The blessed ashes would be imposed through sprinkling a small portion on the crown of the head of the faithful without the minister saying anything.

The diocese also distributed a copy of the liturgy for family celebration of the burning of palms/ leaves to ashes for the homebound, elderly, persons with high-risk health issues, and those who prefer to exercise extreme caution.  The copy of the liturgy is disseminated through the parish social media accounts.

Meanwhile, Bishop Mylo also endorsed FAST2FEED 2021, Ash Wednesday appeal for HAPAG-ASA, an Integrated Nutrition Program of the Pondo ng Pinoy Community Foundation, Inc.  HAPAG-ASA is committed to feed the hungry and malnourished children including the undernourished pregnant and lactating mothers.  

“With a target of more children to feed by the Pondo the Pinoy member Dioceses this year, we hope that the FAST23FEED 2021 will be able to help raise the needed amount to provide these children nutritious meals,” Bishop Mylo said.

Collections will be remitted to Pondo ng Pinoy using any of the following Pondo the Pinoy HAPAG-ASA bank accounts:

Metrobank C/A No. 175-7175-50963-8

Banco de Oro C/A No. 2638-00407-0

BPI C/A NO. 3061-0858-22

China Bank C/A No. 103-57972-19

Security Bank C/A No. 141-026133-00

You may fax the deposit slip to (02)6327844 for acknowledgement and issuance of Official Receipt. For more questions and clarifications, you may get in touch with the HAPAG-ASA Secretariat at (02)86321001 to 03 or with our diocesan HAPAG-ASA Coordinator, Sis. Beth Soriano at 86436442 and 86433589.  /Fr. Lito Jopson, DOPSOCCOM